[thoughts from ~burning woman~ by Sha’Tara]
I’m expanding this thought from a comment I made on another blog about facts. I want to demonstrate something here about discussions and arguments on the existence of facts. I begin with the most common bone of contention between people: about God, religion, evolution… you know, the usual circular bitter arguments on whether God exists or not. I’ll put the “does God exist” argument and “when are facts, facts” in two simple categories, allowing for both “yes and no” being actually correct.
Follow my line of reasoning and your wish for “peace on earth” so much bandied about at this time of year in these post-Christian worlds may come true! This is an important discussion for all, but particularly for me since the “peace on earth” concept is imbedded in my make-up. My chosen name, Sha’Tara means “Shalom ar Tara” (combination of Hebrew/Irish/French/English) In Celtic Irish: Síocháin ar an Domhan; in Welsh, the closest translation to my own language, Breton: Heddwch ar y Ddaear.) In English, simply “Peace on Earth.” Finding that holy grail of peace on earth is my entire purpose for existence, my chosen purpose. I don’t apologize for that though it may come across as rather presumptuous, there are worse choices.
That said, does God exist as a fact?
There are billions of people who are convinced that she/he/it does. More than do not believe it. That makes the existence of God a philosophical and psychological fact. This is the area where God exists as a fact that cannot logically be argued against.
There are many (most) scientists and observers in the material realm who say there is no material/physical evidence for the existence of God therefore God does not exist. That makes God a non-existent entity. On this plane of observation God cannot exist. Hence the fact is that God not only does not, but cannot exist “on earth.” Another way of putting it, God is always transcendent, never immanent, get used to it.
A bit like Schrödinger’s live/dead cat experiment, don’t you see? (Interested? Copy the name Schrödinger and paste in search engine – you’ll be buried under all kinds of explanations that in the end admit they didn’t explain anything. Get used to that too!)
This is the stance I’ve always taken about all things. My personal balancing mental mechanism in dealing in facts is, all things exist, I just have to find their level of existence to determine whether their existence affects me (you, us) “in this dimension.”
Do flying pink elephants exist? Yes, in the realm of my imagination and creativity, they exist. I can “see” them with my mind. So far, no conflict.
Do they affect my physical/material existence? No. In this realm they have no substance because they cannot impinge power/energy upon it. No conflict.
It is my prerogative however to make myself into a complete fool to the point of introducing chaos and disorder by insisting, by whatever means available, that they exist here. I can attempt, by such means to convince enough people that they exist in this reality so they join me in my delusion, thus increasing the tempo of entropy on earth. Collective delusions create entropy, oh yes. What is entropy? Ask your search engine.
Despite my apparent success, having created a belief system in flying pink elephants, this plane of existence isn’t giving me a fact, all I have is a bigger, more powerful and dangerous delusion creating a growing wave of violent controversy.
Let’s push this a bit: I believe that pink elephants exist in imagination. I take that belief and force-feed it into physical reality through sophistry and demagoguery, by claiming that I can harness a pink flying elephant to my car and it can pull me across the skies, like Santa’s reindeer. (In Internet reality using imaging programs I can even “create” flying pink elephants. I bet someone’s going to post one on this blog: please do, I think they are incredibly cute!)
Now, I’m just itching to talk about UFO’s here too but that would open another can of worms I’ll keep closed for the time being.
I can make people believe in the existence of flying pink elephants but in actual, observable fact, will it work in this realm? No. Observation dictates this is not logically debatable.
Here is a more practical experiment on facts existing on different levels that cannot be crossed. Do fish exist? I’m looking around the room here and I don’t see any fish. At this point, having never seen a fish, for me fish don’t exist. Someone comes to me and explains that in a watery environment there are fish if I care to go there and observe. I go there and indeed I see fish: they exist, in water. So I decide to bring some fish to live in my apartment. They die. My apartment has air, not water; not a suitable environment for the fish.
Ergo, we need to keep our facts in their suitable environment or they become baseless. The error wasn’t in whether the fish are a fact or not, the error was to attempt to bring a water-environment fact into a non-water environment. The fish-fact did not become a non-fact, it just died.
There is a place where God’s existence is fact, and I can go there, by choice, at will, to worship or to query and castigate. (Castigate, you say? How sad! Well, maybe it is, maybe it isn’t, but God and I don’t get along anymore and you probably don’t want to ask me why – you won’t like my answers if you’re a God trusting person.)
There is a place where God’s non-existence is a fact, and that’s the one I live in as a physical entity. No conflict. Religious people bring their God-fish into a non-watery environment, it dies, but they keep on insisting it is alive and active “here” and that’s their great delusion.
Facts are facts but the physical/material universe only accepts those facts that fit with its own nature. When religious people insist on bringing their spiritual dimension facts into this material reality conflict is inevitable. The Bible and the Christian New Testament are full of references to “the world” rejecting spiritual concepts and persecuting believers, or vice-versa, believers persecuting non-believers.
Conversely, materialists take their materially observed facts to the non-material realm to try and impose those facts on its spiritual consciousness, or mental reality. They get automatically rebuffed and instead of realizing their mistake, get angry, mocking and denying the experience as fraudulent.
Oil is a fact. Water is a fact. It is also a fact that they don’t mix.
Never will peace be achieved between these two groups of fact-followers because they are incompatible and irreconcilable. No amount of legalism, political correctness, punishment, love, scientific observation and “proof,” acceptance or force, can ever join these opposites. They are repulsive to each other, like two positive or negative magnetic poles. They repel each other so that neither one nor the other can overcome and destroy the entire process we call life. Conflict is not an inherent aspect of the cosmos but we need to know that it is very much an inherent aspect of this universe. As universal beings we swim in an ocean of conflict.
We can observe this violence, but can we learn from it? Can we, as intelligent, sentient and self-aware beings take the next evolutionary step, wean ourselves from our little universe and its foibles and become cosmically-aware beings? Can we take that next step that allows us to make peace with irreconcilables, not by trying to forcefully impose one on the other, but by making room within our minds for all of it?
From YLea, my Altarian Teacher: “Believe all things, believe in nothing.” “When none of it matters it will all be yours.” “Nothing is impossible.” Let me interpret that last one, most people get it wrong. It doesn’t mean that all things are possible, it means simply that nothing cannot exist! And that fits in with the theme of this short article: whatever you believe, must, of necessity exist because you cannot believe nothing. If it exists, then it is a fact. You cannot believe in non-facts.
I cannot resist this last shot. As the late great Harry Crumb (John Candy) master detective said, and I quote: “Believe what you will, but don’t believe it here.”